Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Russell obtained his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University graduating summa cum laude with a obtaining a BA in European History. He began his medical education at the Medical University of South Carolina graduating in 2003. He completed his surgical residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. During his residency, Dr. Russell also completed a Master’s in Public Health from Vanderbilt University in 2008. He completed his pediatric surgical training at Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University in 2012. .Dr. Russell then joined the faculty at UAB in 2012 as assistant professor of surgery. In February 2013, he was appointed the Director of Pediatric Trauma at Children’s of Alabama. Dr. Russell also serves in several other capacities at Children’s of Alabama, including Surgeon Champion for the Pediatric Surgery Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP-P), member of the Quality Improvement Council, and Physician Champion for the Surgical Site Infection Improvement Collaborative. He has particular interest in pediatric trauma, minimally invasive surgery, and surgical outcomes research.

    Dr. Russell’s clinical interests include minimally invasive pediatric surgery, pediatric trauma, and neonatal surgery. Dr. Russell’s research interests focus on mechanisms and translational questions regarding acute traumatic coagulopathy in the pediatric trauma population. He also focuses research on quality improvement/clinical outcomes in pediatric surgery.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Defining Massive Transfusion in Civilian Pediatric Trauma With Traumatic Brain Injury.Journal of Surgical Research.  236:44-50. 2019
    2019 Defining massive transfusion in civilian pediatric trauma.Journal of Pediatric Surgery2019
    2019 A High Ratio of Plasma: RBC Improves Survival in Massively Transfused Injured Children.Journal of Surgical Research.  233:213-220. 2019
    2018 Variability in the evalution of pediatric blunt abdominal trauma.Pediatric Surgery International2018
    2018 Plasma Angiopoietin-2/-1 Ratio is Elevated and Angiopoietin-2 Levels Correlate with Plasma Syndecan-1 Following Pediatric Trauma.Shock2018
    2018 Enhanced neonatal surgical site infection prediction model utilizing statistically and clinically significant variables in combination with a machine learning algorithm.American Journal of Surgery.  216:764-777. 2018
    2018 Improving imaging strategies in pediatric appendicitis: a quality improvement initiative.Journal of Surgical Research.  230:131-136. 2018
    2018 Comparison of diagnostic imaging modalities for the evaluation of pancreatic duct injury in children: a multi-institutional analysis from the Pancreatic Trauma Study Group.Pediatric Surgery International.  34:961-966. 2018
    2018 Consensus Recommendations for RBC Transfusion Practice in Critically Ill Children From the Pediatric Critical Care Transfusion and Anemia Expertise Initiative.Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  19:884-898. 2018
    2018 Recommendations on RBC Transfusion in Critically Ill Children With Nonlife-Threatening Bleeding or Hemorrhagic Shock From the Pediatric Critical Care Transfusion and Anemia Expertise Initiative.Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  19:S127-S132. 2018
    2018 Systemic Thrombolysis of an Occlusive Aortic Thrombus in a Neonate on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.American Surgeon.  84:e372-e374. 2018
    2018 Systemic Thrombolysis of an Occlusive Aortic Thrombus in a Neonate on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.American Surgeon.  84:e372-e374. 2018
    2018 External validation of a five-variable clinical prediction rule for identifying children at very low risk for intra-abdominal injury after blunt abdominal trauma.Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  85:71-77. 2018
    2018 Low Plasma ADAMTS13 Activity Is Associated with Coagulopathy, Endothelial Cell Damage and Mortality after Severe Paediatric Trauma.Thromb Haemost.  118:676-687. 2018
    2018 Histone-Complexed DNA Fragments Levels are Associated with Coagulopathy, Endothelial Cell Damage, and Increased Mortality after Severe Pediatric Trauma.Shock.  49:44-52. 2018
    2018 The utility of ERCP in pediatric pancreatic traumaJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  53:146-151. 2018
    2017 Open versus laparoscopic approach to gastric fundoplication in children with cardiac risk factors.Journal of Surgical Research.  220:52-58. 2017
    2017 Acute procedural interventions after pediatric blunt abdominal trauma: A prospective multicenter evaluation.Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  83:597-602. 2017
    2017 Viscoelastic monitoring in pediatric trauma: a survey of pediatric trauma society members.Journal of Surgical Research.  214:216-220. 2017
    2017 Focused assessment with sonography for trauma in children after blunt abdominal trauma: A multi-institutional analysis.Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  83:218-224. 2017
    2017 Acute Procedural Interventions Following Pediatric Blunt Abdominal Trauma: A Prospective Multicenter Evaluation.Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery2017
    2017 Identifying Children at Very Low Risk for Blunt Intra-Abdominal Injury in Whom CT of the Abdomen Can Be Avoided Safely.Journal of The American College of Surgeons.  224:449-458.e3. 2017
    2017 Utilization of the NSQIP-Pediatric Database in Development and Validation of a New Predictive Model of Pediatric Postoperative Wound Complications.Journal of The American College of Surgeons.  224:532-544. 2017
    2017 Massive transfusion in pediatric trauma: analysis of the National Trauma Databank.Journal of Surgical Research.  208:166-172. 2017
    2017 Survey on Robot-Assisted Surgical Techniques Utilization in US Pediatric Surgery Fellowships.Pediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques.  27:186-190. 2017
    2016 Real-time ultrasonography for placement of central venous catheters in children: A multi-institutional study.Surgery.  160:1605-1611. 2016
    2016 Outcome assessment of renal replacement therapy in neonates.Journal of Surgical Research.  204:34-38. 2016
    2016 Risk Factors for Stricture Formation After Esophageal Atresia Repair.Pediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques.  26:393-398. 2016
    2016 THE GLYCOCALYX AND TRAUMA: A REVIEW.Shock.  45:338-348. 2016
    2015 Use of real-time ultrasound during central venous catheter placement: Results of an APSA survey.Journal of Pediatric Surgery.  50:1162-1167. 2015
    2015 Routine utilization of single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES): a 5-year institutional experience.Pediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques.  25:252-255. 2015
    2015 Surgical wound misclassification: a multicenter evaluation.Journal of The American College of Surgeons.  220:323-329. 2015
    2015 Single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) splenectomy: what dictates the need for additional ports?Surgical Endoscopy.  29:30-33. 2015
    2014 Multi-institutional experience with penetrating pancreatic injuries in children.Pediatric Surgery International.  30:1107-1110. 2014
    2014 Esophageal button battery ingestions: decreasing time to operative intervention by level I trauma activation.Journal of Pediatric Surgery.  49:1360-1362. 2014
    2014 Utility of immature granulocyte percentage in pediatric appendicitis.Journal of Surgical Research.  190:230-234. 2014
    2014 Coagulopathy after severe pediatric trauma.Shock.  41:476-490. 2014
    2014 Extraction of esophageal foreign bodies in children: rigid versus flexible endoscopy.Pediatric Surgery International.  30:417-422. 2014
    2013 Tracheoesophageal fistula following button battery ingestion: successful non-operative management.Journal of Pediatric Surgery.  48:441-444. 2013
    2009 Drain use after open cholecystectomy: is there a justification?Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery.  394:1011-1017. 2009
    2009 Correlation of health-related quality of life after liver transplant with the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease score.Archives of Surgery -New York-.  144:167-172. 2009
    2009 The validity of EQ-5D US preference weights in liver transplant candidates and recipients.Liver Transplantation and Surgery.  15:88-95. 2009
    2008 Profile of health-related quality of life outcomes after liver transplantation: univariate effects and multivariate models.HPB.  10:30-37. 2008
    2008 The effects of physical quality of life, time, and gender on change in symptoms of anxiety and depression after liver transplantation.Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  12:138-144. 2008
    2007 Resection of benign duodenal neoplasms.American Surgeon.  73:1086-1091. 2007
    2007 Surgical management of polycystic liver disease.World Journal of Gastroenterology.  13:5052-5059. 2007
    2007 Incorporating quality of life and patient satisfaction measures into a transplant outcomes assessment program: technical and practical considerations.Journal of Transplant Coordination.  17:121-128. 2007
    2005 Mucinous cystadenoma of the pancreas associated with acute pancreatitis and concurrent pancreatic pseudocyst.American Surgeon.  71:292-297. 2005

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2016 Organ dysfunction, second malignant neoplasms, and survival.  615-627. 2016
    2014 Peri-operative care of the general pediatric surgical patient.  119-140. 2014
    2013 Distal bowel obstruction: Hirschsprung’s disease.  679-688. 2013

    Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Robert Russell